As one of the most notable diss tracks of the whole East Coast–West Coast beef, Tha Dogg Pound’s ’95 classic, “New York, New York,” has always been considered one of the opening salvos from the West against the mecca of hip-hop.

The music video for “New York, New York” featured Tha Dogg Pound stomping around New York and also spawned the return shot by Capone-N-Noreaga, Mobb Deep and Tragedy Khadafi who collaborated on “L.A L.A.”

However, in an interview with XXL about the stories behind his 8 best verses, Kurupt explained that Tha Dogg Pound’s original intentions for “New York, New York” was to pay tribute to the city, they even planned to have New York artists like Nas appearing in the video.

Things turned to shit when during the making of the video in New York, Tha Dogg Pound’s trailer got shot at – “They shot at us the next day so I mean, after they shot at us. We went back home and Snoop was like, “Man, fuck that!” Then we shot the other part of the video where we started kicking everything the fuck over. That’s why we started kicking things over because we got shot at it.”

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Written by Hao Nguyen
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